September 9, 2014
President Nellis on the new rankings: "We are proud of our efforts at Texas Tech to continue striving upward and making our wonderful university a higher education choice for more and more outstanding students each year."
Texas Tech University made significant strides in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) college and graduate school rankings, released this week.
Ranked among national universities at No. 156, the ranking reflects an increase of five spots from 2014 and nine since 2013. Texas Tech is ranked No. 84 among national public universities, ahead of last year’s ranking of 88.
“Annually, one of the sources families of prospective high school students look to is the U.S. News & World Report rankings as a reference when deciding on which university to attend,” said M. Duane Nellis, Texas Tech president. “We are proud of our efforts at Texas Tech to continue striving upward and making our wonderful university a higher education choice for more and more outstanding students each year.”
Texas Tech’s five-point climb is the largest among Big 12 Conference public institutions and second highest among league schools. Overall, Texas Tech’s improvement from a year ago ranks among the top 15 nationally.
“This year’s ranking represents a dramatic increase for Texas Tech University,” Nellis said. “We improved in many areas, including faculty hires, which improved our student-to-faculty ratio, an example of U.S. News & World Report benchmarks.”
In addition to ranking No. 84 among public institutions, Texas Tech also ranked No. 47 for Best College for Veterans and No. 93 for Best Undergraduate Business programs. The university also ranked No. 20 for Best Online Engineering Graduate programs and No. 82 for Best Undergraduate Engineering programs.
Texas Tech’s graduate school also placed in the top 100 for the following programs, with rankings in parentheses:
Texas Tech also was listed in the graduate school rankings for best law schools, biological sciences, chemistry, clinical psychology, English, fine arts, history, math, physics, psychology and public affairs.
The USNWR rankings are released annually and rely on data provided by universities to produce college rankings on a variety of factors reflecting academic quality. A full methodology of the rankings can be found on the USNWR website.